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County input sought on addiction services

MAYVILLE — The Chautauqua County Department of Mental Hygiene is seeking input from county residents regarding ongoing efforts to combat addiction. A new community survey is gathering information that will guide planning for the future of services and supports for those struggling with the ...

County Democrats seeking candidates

MAYVILLE — There are 172 elected offices up for election in the Nov. 2 general election. Chautauqua County Democratic Committee Chair Norman P. Green said the party is looking for candidates to run. “Particularly I am looking for candidates to run for County Executive, County Clerk ...

Footprints nominations being accepted by NCCF

The Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation is currently accepting nominations for the George B. Weaver Jr. Footprints Award. The public is encouraged to honor the contributions and achievements of those making a difference in northern Chautauqua by submitting a Footprints nomination. Since ...

Cuomo proposing number of construction projects throughout state

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is proposing to invest $306 billion worth of projects around New York state, although Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties were not among the places announced for new development. On Thursday, Cuomo gave his fourth State of the State address, which lasted around 30 minutes. ...

‘Crazy Ivan’ op nets more drugs, cash

An assortment of drugs, including a purported marijuana grow operation, along with ammunition and cash were discovered at a Jamestown residence early Thursday, part of an going narcotics trafficking investigation nicknamed “Operation Crazy Ivan.” The latest search took place around ...

Cuomo pushing for more renewable energy to help economy, fight global warming

While Chautauqua County has been “going green” for the last few year with the installation of wind turbines and solar fields, Gov. Andrew Cuomo is making a larger push statewide. He also believes this push to “go green” will help pull the economy up while it is struggling with ...

New Catholic group donates to NCCS

A newly formed independent charity that is not affiliated with the Diocese of Buffalo has already stepped forward to financially assist Dunkirk’s Northern Chautauqua Catholic School. In a news release to the OBSERVER on Wednesday, the founders of the Catholic Children’s Learning Corp., ...

Dunkirk schools continuing remote model

The Dunkirk Board of Education voted to continue remote learning sessions for an additional two weeks through Feb. 1. The board left open the possibility of extending remote learning past the next two weeks, depending on the state of COVID-19 in the county and district. Even if two weeks ...

Cuomo further outlines 2021 agenda in second State of the State

Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday delivered the second portion of his 2021 State of the State address. The governor’s 2021 agenda, dubbed “Reimagine, Rebuild, Renew,” features initiatives to not only begin reopening New York during efforts to combat COVID-19, but also tackle critical issues ...

Dunkirk Middle School Honor Roll

Dunkirk Middle School has released its honor and merit rolls for the first quarter. HONOR ROLL Sixth grade: Celeste Batista, Jianna Cave, Brady Dobek, Lucas Felt, Brayden Jaquith, Sean Kelly, Kayleigh Lancaster, Adam Lukach, Xavier Ortiz, Amethyst Scott, Patrick Sheehan, Lucas Stern, Emani ...

Fredonia woman facing Leandra’s Law charge

WESTFIELD — A Fredonia woman is facing a Leandra’s Law charge following a traffic stop over the weekend. New York state troopers were alerted Saturday at 3 p.m. for a report of a vehicle facing eastbound in the westbound lane on Route 20 in the town of Westfield. Troopers and officers ...

Local officials react to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s address

A number of local officials are reacting to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s State of the State address. Jamestown Mayor Eddie Sunquist, a Democrat, said he wasn’t too surprised at what Cuomo talked about. “I think first and foremost, we have to recognize that the largest part of this is the ...

Westfield Fund reorganizes, donates to Union Relief Association of Westfield

WESTFIELD — The Westfield Fund, a Community Donor Advised Fund affiliated with the Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation, recently held its Annual Reorganization Meeting. The Westfield Fund provides grants to charitable projects and organizations within the Westfield community. Those ...

Gowanda schools eyeing Jan. 19 return

GOWANDA — School board members discussed a plan last week to resume in-person education in the Gowanda School District. Part of the issue the school faces is that the elementary school is in Erie County, which has different restrictions than the high school, which is in Cattaraugus County. ...

Amendments made to state ban on hate symbols

As it turns out, New York’s ban on the sale of hate symbols on state property isn’t really a ban. When Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed A.10729/S.8298B into law in December, he signed the law while admitting it needed to be changed so that it didn’t violate the U.S. Constitution. New ...

Democracy works for business

Our national and local economies are struggling to recover through a crippling pandemic, and the federal government only recently approved a new relief bill to help businesses that have been crippled by closures and illness. Now, in the wake of a siege on the US Capitol, we have even greater ...

Mike Abbate to receive Pam Lydic Coalition Builder Award

The Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce will present its 2020 Pam Lydic Coalition Builder Award to Mike Abbate, who has worked tirelessly for the economic betterment of Chautauqua County and to address the critical issues of education and food resources in our communities. “I am humbled ...

Cornell offers virtual core pesticide applicator training

Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Southwest New York Dairy, Livestock, and Field Crops Program will be offering a virtual training opportunity for agricultural producers to learn more about pesticide use on their farm. The training will take place on Tuesday, Jan. 12, from 9 to 10:50 a.m. ...

Injuries reported in crash

A two-car collision on Bennett Road and Williams Street in the town of Dunkirk slowed traffic Thursday afternoon around 3 p.m. Responding agencies included East Town of Dunkirk Fire, New York state troopers and Alstar EMS.

JCC reports tuition will not increase

Jamestown Community College will not increase tuition to students for the 2021-22 academic year. The tuition plan will be applied to New York and out-of-state residents as well as international students. “To lock in the zero tuition increase, students will need to complete application ...